March 11, 2024 March 13, 2024 In-Person

At Aspen Ideas: Climate Summit, Mayors Share Adaptive Solutions, Best Practices for Inclusive Climate and Migration Action

Umair Irfan (Vox), Jamie Pumarejo (Barranquilla), Anne Coglianese (Jacksonville), Satya Rhodes-Conway (Madison), Melissa Blaustein (Sausalito), and Vittoria Zanuso (MMC)
Event Overview

Miami, United States —  On Monday, March 11, the Mayors Migration Council and the Climate Migration Council  in collaboration with the University of Miami’s Climate Resilience Academy will host a session during the Aspen Ideas: Climate Summit in which a panel of mayors and global experts will convene to explore the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of climate change, migration, and displacement.

The panel presents a unique opportunity for innovative minds to share adaptive solutions and best practices for city-led approaches to address the reality that 200 million people could be driven from their homes for climate-related reasons by 2050 and the ways the issue of climate shapes migration trends in cities. By identifying the successful inroads and potential investments that world leaders can pursue to tackle the impact of the climate crisis on migration and displacement in cities across the globe, the discussion aims to cut through fear-based narratives and amplify a vision for inclusive climate and migration policies in everyday communities. 

Umair Irfan (Vox), Jamie Pumarejo (Barranquilla), and Anne Coglianese (Jacksonville)
Session Details: Cities on the Frontlines of Climate Migration

WHAT: An innovative, solution-oriented discussion with organizational and political leaders on the opportunities and challenges related to climate migration.

WHEN: Monday, March 11 at 2-3PM ET

WHERE: Miami Beach Convention Center. 1901 Convention Ctr Dr, Miami Beach, FL; 2nd Floor, Breakout 4 (Room 209-210, capacity of 200)


  • Vittoria Zanuso, Executive Director, Mayors Migration Council
  • Michael Berkowitz, Executive Director of the University of Miami Climate Resilience Academy 
  • Shana Tabak, Director of Immigration Strategy at the Emerson Collective
  • Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
  • Melissa Blaustein, Former Mayor and Councilmember of Sausalito, California, U.S.
  • Jamie Pumarejo, Former Mayor, City of Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Anne Coglianese, Chief Resilience Officer of Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
  • Moderated by Umair Irfan, Climate Change Correspondent at Vox News

Michael Berkowitz (Miami Climate Resilience Academy) 

Satya Rhodes-Conway (Madison)

Melissa Blaustein (Sausalito)

Shana Tabak (Emerson Collective)

Additional Details:
  • Members of the media are invited to apply for covering credentials for this session and other sessions at Aspen Ideas: Climate Summit by clicking here.
  • This session will be recorded, and the recording will be made available shortly following the event.
  • To connect with the speakers at this session on climate migration and cities, please contact:
  • You can read out more about the Aspen Ideas: Climate session, Cities on the Frontlines of Climate and Migration, here.  


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